By Penelope Steffek-Lynch
FRAMINGHAM – Eastleigh Farm has been a working farm for more than 250 years.
Almost five years ago, the farm started hosting the Rock the Farm Festival. When it began, it was meant to be an annual event, but because of the COVID pandemic, they event did not happen in 2020 or 2021. This summer is their first festival post the pandemic, making this the 3rd Rock the Farm festival.
The Rock the Farm festival was created as a fun and welcoming family event.
Along with several bands performing throughout the afternoon, there was a marketplace with several vendors, and food trucks. There also were the farm animals, a bouncy house for kids, and a hayride for families.
“Eastleigh is all about keeping things local for a nice fun family afternoon,” said Cori Grande, the event coordinator.
Eastleigh identified local bands and vendors for this year’s Rock the Farm. Valuing the local community is very important to Eastleigh and their goal is to continue to create an opportunity for the people around the area, she said.
The Avenue C Design store located at Eastleigh Farm, just celebrated its fifth anniversary. Owner Susanne Caso has a creative director background in marketing and design.
She decided to open up Avenue C because she “wanted to get out of the corporate world and do something more creative and more involved in the community,” said Caso.
She explained how the community always came out and supported them during the pandemic and so there wasn’t a huge decline in sales.
Caso is extremely grateful to have such a supportive community around them that made it possible for her store to stay up and running throughout the past five years, especially during the pandemic.
One of the bands that performed Saturday was the Long Lost String Band.
In 2019, the band started playing bluegrass music and have continued it ever since. Because of COVID, they were unable to do gigs during the pandemic and they were excited to be back at the Rock the Farm event post pandemic.
The family atmosphere made it so special to them and is one of the main reasons they love to play at this festival so much.
“It’s great to be back playing ‘front porch music’ at this festival with all of the families as our first real gig back from the pandemic,” said the Long Lost String Band. “This is a special opportunity for all of the local bands that get to come out and play here for their community, family and friends.”
Many of the attendees at Saturday’s Rock the Farm festival were from MetroWest and wanted to come out and support their community. Many said they were happy the festival was back.
Video, Photo & report by SOURCE intern Penelope Steffek-Lynch, a Lincoln-Sudbury High student.